Prepare for your Wilderness Medicine course

What is wilderness medicine?

Remote medicine is characterized by the need for long-term patient care and the ability to operate with improvised equipment and make decisions with incomplete information.  Wilderness medical providers perform tasks such as cleaning wounds, reducing dislocations, and clearing possible spinal injuries that are beyond the scope of practice for many urban EMTs.

These certifications prepare our students for more than just camping trips.  WFAs and WFRs can use their lifesaving skills after the normal medical system has become overwhelmed, such as after a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Are there any scholarships available?

529 College Savings Plans, Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards, and Moving Hands Scholarships can all be applied to our Wilderness Medicine courses.  Find details here. To use scholarship funds, you'll have to enroll through NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

What should I bring to class?

"People get hurt on even terrain, when it's 68 degrees and sunny..." Said no one, ever!  We'll venture outdoors to practice our skills regardless of the conditions, so come prepared for rain, snow, sun, darkness and everything in-between.

Don't forget: boots, rain gear, sun hat, and sunglasses. You should also bring a large daypack with extra insulating layers, a notebook and writing utensil, water bottle, watch and headlamp. Some students like to bring a pair of slippers or sandals for classroom sessions and a reusable mug.

what time should i Arrive?

You should plan to arrive at 7:45 AM on Day 1 to fill out a few pieces of paperwork. No need to "check in" - you can simply find a seat and follow the instructions on the board. 


What's the daily schedule?

Class starts promptly at 8:00 AM each day, and we take an hour off for lunch. We finish at 5:00 PM. Attendance is required at all classes. WFR courses include two night sessions.

Our courses combine engaging lectures, in-depth skills practice, professional demonstrations, and creative scenarios. The classroom setting is comfortable and informal. Scenarios are realistic and challenging to ensure that our students can confidently use their new skills. Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Frequently stage blood and make-up are used to enhance the realism of a scenario.  

What will i recieve prior to my course?


You’ll receive an email confirming your enrollment when you sign up, and you’ll receive a second email about ten days prior to the course with additional logistical details. Remember, you can see class hours, and download a course schedule, from the WFA, WFR, or WFR Recert pages.

Will i recieve any proof of certification?

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a certification card from NOLS Wilderness Medicine. These cards are emailed 4-6 weeks after your course. If you need proof of certification prior to this time, the instructors will provide you with a verification letter that can be used in lieu of a certification card until your card arrives. 

What are your payment & refund policies?

WRT accepts payments online via credit or debit cards.  For intact groups such as summer camp counselors or university students, we can also accept a single check. Payment in full is due upon enrollment. Enrollments are non-transferrable. 

Cancellations 31 days or more before the start of a course will be refunded in full.  We cannot offer any refund 30 days or fewer before the start of a course.